Last update of this source description: 16 June 2008.
"The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent research organisation based in Kabul. AREU's mission is to conduct high-quality research that informs and influences policy and practice. AREU also actively promotes a culture of research and learning by strengthening analytical capacity in Afghanistan and facilitating reflection and debate." (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008)
AREU was established in 2002 by the assistance community working in Afghanistan. It evolved from the Strategic Monitoring Unit (SMU) created in 2000 as part of the UN's 1998 Strategic Framework for Afghanistan. AREU has a board of directors with representation from donors, UN and other multilateral agencies as well as NGOs. Its main activities are research and evaluation (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008).
The board of directors is composed of representatives from the Embassy of Denmark and the Embassy of Norway, UN (UNAMA, UNICEF, UN Habitat, UNDP) and NGOs (Helping Afghan Farmers Organisation, The Asia Foundation, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, BBC Afghan Education Project) (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008).
AREU is based in Kabul.
Target group:
Policy makers, NGOs, UN agencies, donors, Afghan and international media working in Afghanistan, practitioners.
The main objective is to improve Afghan lives (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008).
AREU intends to influence policy makers and advocate for change in Afghanistan through research and evaluation.
AREU is funded by the European Commission, UNHCR, UNICEF, the World Bank and the governments of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Afghanistan.
Thematic focus: Education, gender, governance, health, livelihoods and vulnerability, natural resources, political economy and markets.
Reporting methodology:
“The methodology for each research project depends upon research objectives and on the experience of the particular staff/consultants involved. It will draw on social science approaches rather than scientific methods that require laboratories or field tests.
AREU consults both international and Afghan stakeholders on all projects. Long-term research projects also include peer review mechanisms that assist in reviewing both the research proposals as well as the final results.” (AREU Website,, accessed on 21 February 2008)
AREU is based in Kabul.
Publication cycle:
Sporadically, depending on the research projects and pressing issues that need to be analysed and assessed.
The Afghanistan Research Newsletter is published quarterly.
English; partly Dari, Pashto.
Navigation of website:
Home: For latest publications.
Research & Publications: Possibility to search for publications by theme. There are issues papers (analysing key issues), synthesis reports (drawing findings together), briefing papers (policy and advocacy pieces), case-studies (focused on specific areas), working papers and other publications (including Afghanistan Research Newsletter informing readers about ongoing research and recent publications).
Additional references:
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit: Brochure (accessed on 16 June 2008)
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